• Babcock Ranch becomes first US solar-powered town

    Babcock Ranch, Florida, an 18,000-acre community is the first solar-powered town in the U.S. Babcock earned platinum, the highest, designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition, for development strategies around solar energy, tree preservation, water efficiency, and native plant and sustainable material usage. In addition, it has free solar charging stations. More and more communities […]

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  • Green cities get more investments

      A recent study by the University of Amsterdam has found that greener cities attract more foreign direct investments. Researchers considered a comprehensive sample of 185 Chinese cities of different sizes over a seven-year period, and concluded that air and water pollution reductions pay off in terms of increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows.   Read […]

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  • Atlanta to Fund 6 Green Infrastructure Projects

    Atlanta is embarking on a series of green infrastructure projects aimed at reducing pollution and improving quality of life. The $14 million will fund six projects in a watershed area. One project will create bio-retention areas in city parks, restore native habitats, establish new wetland areas, and create community green space. The city is also using the […]

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  • Looking at a Passive House 25 Years On

    The investigation into how a prototype passive house (Passivhaus) has stood the test of time reveals that, after 25 years, the solutions based on the concept offer sustainable construction with a good life cycle balance. Passive houses incorporate a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. The result is […]

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  • $10 million for Climate Change Announced in Massachusetts

    The largest release of climate change resiliency funding for Massachusetts communities was recently announced. The $10 million will go towards Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grants which fund implementation of projects to address the specific vulnerabilities to climate change. Projects are focused on proactive strategies to address climate change impacts and include retrofitting and adapting […]

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  • 8 Architecturally Significant Sustainable Buildings in Singapore

    Interior Design magazine recently featured eight sustainably distinct buildings in Singapore. The country makes it mandatory by legislation for any building of 5,000 square meters (53,820 square feet) and above to achieve minimum standards as dictated by the code for environmental sustainability. One of the properties is Parkroyal on Pickering, a hotel in a garden […]

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  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation accepting applications for the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards

    The Environmental Excellence Awards are one way New York State makes the environment a priority and promotes the protection of natural resources. To date, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has honored 92 organizations that are leading by example and inspiring their industries and communities. Businesses, not-for-profit organizations, academic organizations, health care […]

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  • Maryland City Plans Incentives for Green Developers

      Members of a local board of officials in Frederick, Maryland are considering an amendment to a city ordinance that would allow some developers to pay reduced water and sewer allocation impact fees based on projected usage. Currently, developers are charged impact fees based on how much water and sewer capacity their projects are expected […]

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  • North America to Lead Growth in Energy Markets Thanks To Smart Grids

    Energy Management Systems Market forecast for 2018 to 2023 was recently released by 360 Research Reports. Owing to the increasing use of smart grid services, growing competition among industrial enterprises, and supporting government policies and incentives associated with energy efficiency, the market is expected to witness considerable growth in the future. According to the report, […]

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  • First digitally planned and built residence completed in Switzerland

    The project, called the DFAB House, was developed by researchers from ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in collaboration with industrial partners and the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR). According to ETH Zurich, the aim of digital technologies is not only to make planning and construction more efficient, but also more sustainable. […]

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